Chocolate Chews

A couple of weekends ago, Trip and I went to a Chocolate Festival.  They gave you tickets, and you got to go to all the different vendors and try their products in exchange for a ticket.  And here is what I took away from the festival.  (I still have chocolate yummies left 2 weeks later!  I am savoring this!)

 

My Haul

My Haul

 

It was hard to not get inspired when trying these different treats.  Like this Snickers bar!  Wish I could make this!

A "snickers" bar

A “snickers” bar

 

Last week, I got this great idea.  I have been snacking on Bark Thins lately.   I was like, “I can do this!”  All I have to do is melt chocolate and put nuts in it and I am good.  Right?

Sounds so easy in theory……..

Ingredients:

  • 24 ounces of dark chocolate chips (I used this because I got them on sale for 20 cents a bag!)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4c almond milk
  • 1c chopped pecans
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling on top

First thing is to melt the chocolate.  You are *supposed* to do it using a double broiler.  BUT…..since I don’t have one, I just melt it on really low and constantly stir.  Place chocolate, butter, vanilla, and almond milk in a pot.  Put on low (or use a double broiler) and constantly stir until melted.

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It should look smooth when it is ready.   Take the chocolate off the burner and add the pecans.  (You could also use any other type of nut that you like, or mix it up!)

Pour the chocolate nut mixture evenly out over two parchment lined cookie sheets.  This is where I messed up.  I thought that one cookie sheet would be enough…..boy was I wrong!  When I only used one sheet, the chocolate didn’t get “thin”.  It was a pretty thick mixture.  So, make sure that you use at least two to get it thinner.  But if you don’t mind the chocolate not being thin, you can use one sheet.  (Either way….it will come out great!)

 

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Sprinkle sea salt over the chocolate.  Put in freezer until the chocolate is set.  Which is about 45 minutes.

Using a sharp knife, cut the chocolate.  Store the chocolate in the fridge or freezer.  It needs to be kept cold when not eating it, or else it gets really soft.

Chocolate Chews

Chocolate Chews

 

As you can see, the chocolate pieces are not thin like the Bark Thins.  However….they taste amazing!  I liked how soft they are even with being in the freezer.  I still store mine in the freezer.  It did not harden up like you think it would.

You shouldn’t cut them in really big pieces though.  It tends to be rich, even though it was dark chocolate.  The salt does help cut down on some of the sweetness while enhancing the chocolate flavor.

Just one of these squares hits the spot for me when I have a chocolate craving!  It has even been approved by several people at work and by the boyfriend!  Hope you enjoy it too!

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